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Tonight at the ripe old age of 32, I handed out Halloween candy for the first time. I was so excited, I did a live tweet feed of the costumes we saw. Three highlights stood out (well, one is more a "lowlight")...
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1) A kid in blackface. No lie. Told me he was a gangster. I almost choked on my tongue. I want to shake his parents for not knowing how utterly racist & inappropriate that was. Or not caring.

2) The lawn gnome & the sock monkey. They were together. Nearly died of cute overload.

3) Mere seconds after I developed my "Uncostumed Teenagers Policy", I had to test it. Four boys came up, & only one was in costume (Death Eater).

"Tell me what your costumes are," I said. "The more clever your answer, the better the candy I give you from the basket." I was the GOOD candy house, too. Full-size Blow Pops, Reese's PB Cups, you name it.

"Can we talk about it?" one boy asked.

"Sure," I said.

They conferred for just a few seconds & then whirled around & posed at me. "We're the Beastie Boys!" and they burst into Intergalactic. I died laughing & they got the Fun Dip (my awesome reserve candy) AND handfuls from the general candy basket. They yelled "FUN DIP!!" and took off down the street still singing Intergalactic. Made my night.
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Bryan shook his head & giggled at me all night, saying how cute it was that I was so excited. Man, y'all, I WAS!! I always want to be the awesome candy house. <3
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Ok, those were clever teens. Also, being house w/ cool candy is awesome.

Wish we had more tricker-treaters.
Becca & i are going to o.d. on skittles, twizzlers, & m&ms. 
 
Blackface? Seriously? I just… wow. I had only a handful of kids: a zombie, a princess and a bunny, then Mario & Luigi with bonus toddler in a chicken suit. Slow night. More candy for me.
 
I let them take a big handful. Even the baby chicken took something. He was fascinated by the kitty ears I was wearing. :D
 
I've pretty much always liked giving out candy more than I ever liked trick-or-treating, at least since I was... maybe 12 or so. So at the ripe age of 33, I just did the opposite of you and went out trick-or-treating for the first time in years. With a little one Ganon's age, it's a total toss-up which is going to be more fun. We had a BLAST going door-to-door dressed as Mario and Luigi. We could barely take three steps without someone shouting how cute the little Mario kid was :)
 
+Sean Stone HAHAHAHA that's awesome! I didn't have any video game trick-or-treaters, but when Bryan & I went to the store for more candy, there was a dude about our age dressed as Mario manning one of the cashier's stations. 
 
LMAO!!!! I love your policy instead of just rejecting them. :D
 
+Paul Starr I used to live on a very remote farm; this is the first time since 2001 (when I lived in Dallas) that I've been in a city on Halloween. I went all out. My husband (who grew up in Dallas) was incredibly amused by my enthusiasm. Kept calling me "so frickin' cute" all evening. >_<
 
Next year we should come to your neighborhood. Don't feel safe Trick-or-Treating in ours so we went to the mall. It was lame. They advertised that it started at 7. We got there around 7:10 and most places were out of candy. Several stores said they weren't handing out candy and some were handing out coupons. 
 
I saw a gnome baby at Walmart on Halloween. It basically made my month.
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